Definition of string quartet in English:

string quartet

noun

  • 1A chamber music ensemble consisting of first and second violins, viola, and cello.

    • ‘There are four musicians at Fortrose's concert - a string quartet of two violinists and two keyboard players.’
    • ‘Arriaga was second fiddle in a string quartet at nine years of age, and two years later wrote an octet.’
    • ‘In the meantime, a string quartet from Hamburg gave a concert in Rome at the Goethe Institute.’
    • ‘Although using a multi-choral arrangement, Vaughan Williams concentrates on three string groups and one soloist string quartet.’
    • ‘The second captures the string quartet, adding slight delay and flange effects.’
    • ‘I liked the music best when Brickman had accompaniment, such as the string quartet, the electric violin, or Dave Koz's alto sax.’
    • ‘The string quartet and the choir were not Don Gurnett's idea.’
    • ‘A string quartet was softly playing chamber music in the corner.’
    • ‘This recording from the International Arts Festival last year is a comic opera about a string quartet on tour.’
    • ‘In about 1919, Gershwin wrote his Lullaby for string quartet as an instrumentation exercise for his teacher Edward Kilyeni.’
    • ‘The Quartet is the graduate string quartet in residence at the Hartt School with the Miami String Quartet.’
    • ‘Even with Adriano's increase of strings over the original string quartet, this performance keeps much of that flavor.’
    • ‘Get a string trio or a jazz trio instead of a string quartet or jazz quartet.’
    • ‘One thing I am particularly excited about is the chance to perform with my string quartet in the smaller auditorium.’
    • ‘We play Baroque repertoire in much the same way a string quartet treats Classical repertoire.’
    • ‘The string quartet from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was being paid some good money to play during the first part of the reception.’
    • ‘It was notated tablature - style, one pentagram for each string of each instrument, as if the string quartet were a single instrument with sixteen strings.’
    • ‘One of my favorite albums is The Juliet Letters which is a collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet, a classical string quartet.’
    • ‘In the former, written in 1998, a string quartet (Procédé Rodesco-Letort) plays a duet with a drum machine.’
    • ‘Fugue is the great temptress of the string quartet.’
    1. 1.1A piece of music for a string quartet.
      • ‘He wrote no symphony or opera or string quartet.’
      • ‘What would happen to any politician who dared to confess that he or she hated pop music and liked listening to Mozart's string quartets?’
      • ‘I've played Beethoven string quartets for funerals and various Bach pieces but never this!’
      • ‘A Mozart string quartet does not reduce my ‘discomfort’ when my dentist is drilling into my teeth.’
      • ‘Nobody who has any interest in the development of the string quartet after Brahms should ignore this marvellous disc.’
      • ‘The second disc is more overtly concerned with string quartet and quintet medium.’
      • ‘Peter Sculthorpe, one of Australia's leading composers, has written much chamber music including some fifteen string quartets.’
      • ‘After Peter Grimes Although Britten wrote a second string quartet in 1945, opera increasingly occupied his attention.’
      • ‘His own compositions number over 60 and include a symphony, string quartet, thirty-four songs, and numerous solo piano pieces.’
      • ‘His second string quartet, Why is This Night Different, also explored a Jewish theme.’
      • ‘Purists, however, might regard arranging a Schubert string quartet for chamber orchestra as a step too far.’
      • ‘A performance of his final string quartet emerged seamlessly from the story, deriving its meaning from it and supplying its conclusion.’
      • ‘Mr Kuerti told us though that the treasure of the event was a string quartet in one of the concerts we missed.’
      • ‘Finally, the Third Symphony contains music derived from a string quartet by way of an opera, so it really is not a late work at all.’
      • ‘The Spiegel String Quartet present a piano quartet, a string quartet and a short Molto Adagio for quartet.’
      • ‘And we've got everything we need to do that, whether it's nu-metal, folk songs, or string quartets.’
      • ‘Jnacek's passionate second string quartet, which the composer himself entitled Intimate Letters, followed the Mozart.’
      • ‘His first piano sonata, string quartet and chamber ensemble pieces are Beethovenian in form and content.’
      • ‘The CD contains a short string quartet movement, a suite of four pieces for brass quintet, and solo pieces for piano, trombone, and cello.’
      • ‘It starts with a string quartet and is completely expanded but the whole piece is constructed around that sample.’

Pronunciation:

string quartet

/striNG kwôrˈtet/